Modesto Teen Killed in SR-49 Motorcycle Crash in Tuolumne County

Modesto Teen Killed in Motorcycle Crash

On the afternoon of Saturday, November 19, 2022, the California Highway Patrol reported that a Modesto teen was killed in a pickup vs. motorcycle crash near Jamestown in Tuolumne County. The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. on SR-49 just south of Chicken Ranch Road, CHP traffic officers reported.

Details on the Motorcycle Crash in Tuolumne County That Killed a Modesto Teen

A preliminary investigation by officials revealed that a 16-year-old Modesto boy was riding a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle northbound on SR-49. The motorcycle rider was reportedly traveling behind a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup truck. Authorities reported that the motorcyclist was involved in a collision with the Dodge.

Sadly, the motorcycle rider succumbed to his injuries at the crash site. The Dodge driver, a 27-year-old Copperopolis resident, and their passenger were uninjured in the accident. The fatal motorcycle collision remains under investigation, and no additional details about the incident have been released.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim and How Can it Help a Family?

After the loss of a family member, you may have questions about what happened, who is responsible, and the recovery of damages incurred. As a survivor, you are entitled to seek reimbursement for resulting losses if the incident was the result of another party’s negligence. Seeking compensation from the other side through a wrongful death claim may help cover the costs of funeral services, the loss of wages the decedent would have earned for the remainder of their life, end-of-life medical care (recoverable through a survival action), and other financial losses. A wrongful death case may also seek reimbursement for non-economic damages like loss of companionship, mental anguish, and other intangible harms.

When dealing with the unexpected loss of a loved one in a motorcycle crash, you need a team of wrongful death lawyers you can depend on for skilled and compassionate legal representation. At, we have the experience, skills, and resources to build a strong case for maximum compensation. Our legal team will do everything in our power to obtain a successful result in your fatal accident case. Do not hesitate to learn about your rights and options for financial recovery as a surviving family member. There is a two-year statute of limitations in most cases of wrongful death, per CCP 335.1. The sooner you contact us for assistance, the better. Learn more about the services our law firm offers and how our accident lawyers can help by watching this video.

Can You File a Case for the Wrongful Death of a Child?

Drivers owe others on the roadway a duty of care. This means that motorists must follow the rules of the road, provide the road their full attention, and watch out for others. Drivers must be aware and vigilant of all vehicles, including passenger cars, big rigs, and motorcyclists. When a driver fails to do so and causes a fatal accident, they may be held liable for damages incurred. Bear in mind that motorists owe a greater duty of care for children on the road. To discuss this in detail with an experienced Modesto wrongful death attorney, contact our law firm for a free case evaluation.

Personal Injury Lawyer in Modesto

I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto personal injury lawyer. Nothing is more painful for a parent than the loss of a child, particularly if it was preventable and occurred through someone else’s negligence. Our legal team understands this may be a difficult time for your family. However, you should know that you are doing the right thing by exploring your options for justice and financial recovery.

If you would like to discuss your case in detail with a skilled wrongful death attorney and receive free, friendly advice, call our law firm at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400. When you turn to us for assistance, we will handle all aspects of your case so your family can focus on being together and rebuilding your lives. Do not hesitate to contact our law firm for a free consultation.

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